Chris Urmson and the Google Self-Driving Car Project

By | 2016-11-04T16:56:51+00:00 April 7, 2016|Innovation, SXSW, Technology, Viewpoints|

Think about these facts: According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, approximately 43,000 people are killed in car accidents each year, 2.9 million people are injured, over 5.5 million accidents are reported, and an estimated 10 million accidents go unreported.

Lets face it, people are terrible drivers.

The self-driving car is inevitable. Chris Urmson of Google is helping to make it happen.

The self-driving car will be much safer than cars driven by humans. Self-driven cars have 360-degree visuals.

Its not just about safety. Whats particularly meaningful to healthcare is that this will enable people who are unable to drive themselves–the handicapped and elderly–to regain mobility, opportunities and independence.

Thats why I am nominating Chris Urmson, Director, Self-Driving Cars and the Google Self-Driving Car Project, for a 2016 JUICE Healthcare GameChanger of the Year Award.

Check back often for news on the latest healthcare technology and updates on the JUICE Healthcare GameChanger Awards Nominees.

VIDEO TRANSCRIPT

FORREST KING: Think about this for a minute. About 43,000 people are killed in fatal car accidents each year, and that’s according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. 2.9 million people are injured every year. Over 5.5 million accidents are reported and over 10 million accidents are estimated to go unreported. In conclusion, people are terrible drivers.

The self-driving care will be much safer than cars driven by humans. It’s mind-blowing, but self-driven cars can see in 360-degrees simultaneously. For Chris Urmson, Director of Self-Driving Cars at Google, building a self-driven car that performs better than human drivers is really about helping people who can’t drive themselves. Imagine the handicapped and the elderly will gain mobility and opportunities and independence.

The net benefit for society is so important that we all need to band together to make it happen. That’s why I’m nominating Chris Urmson and the Google Self-Driving Car Project for a 2016 JUICE Healthcare GameChanger Award.

So go online and check out google/selfdriving car to learn more. And congratulations.

About the Author:

Forrest King
Managing Partner, Chief Innovation Officer

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